Kelly started dancing salsa when she took a beginning salsa series on a whim at the YWCA in Berkeley. She quickly fell in love with the dance and soon after began training and performing with Yemaya of Sacramento. After spending a year away in Chile, she came back to the Bay Area and joined the Afinkao technique team in late 2012. In 2013, she began performing with Con Afinke.
Kelly has trained in a wide variety of dance styles, from ballet to flamenco and jazz, and is always looking for ways to continue her dance education. She has traveled to Cuba to study Cuban dance and music, and loves the Afro-Cuban style that Afinkao incorporates into their choreographies. In her personal life, she is a teacher, graduate student, traveler, and lover of all creative and movement-based pursuits.